U.S. National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Honors Those Impacted by Disease
March 19, 2013
U.S. communities will observe National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Wednesday, March 20, to honor American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians who are HIV-infected, affected otherwise by the disease, or who have died from HIV/AIDS. Native communities have the fourth highest incidence of HIV. CDC reports that in 2009, 3,702 American Indians were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, and 2,387 were living with the virus. High HIV incidence among American Indians is attributed to poverty, lack of access to health education, discrimination in healthcare delivery, "cultural differences," and social stigma.
Echo Press (Minnesota)
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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